Does Wisconsin Want To Move Backwards For Bicycling?

Wisconsin used to be a top ranked State for bicycling. Lately the rankings have dropped and Wisconsin cities have been missing from recent stories on top bicycle locations around the country.

Yesterday, Governor Walker announced as part of his budget that he wants to get rid of a Wisconsin law enacted in 2009 that provides for "complete streets."

"“Finally, the Governor recommends several statutory changes including repealing the requirement that the department must construct bicycle and pedestrian facilities on new highway construction. Projected savings from this action are $7,400,000 over the biennium”

Complete streets is a transportation policy that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of mode of transportation.

As of 2013 there were 27 states and 490 jurisdictions in the U.S. that adopted complete streets policies. State Law Summaries Here.

For a summary of the Wisconsin law helping make roads safer and available to all types of users click here.

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